Bournemouth In Bloom/Bournemouth Horticultural Society Summer Show:
Everything was hotting up as the Bournemouth in Bloom/Bournemouth Horticultural Society Summer Show got underway on Saturday, not least the temperature that was soaring towards 30 degrees. The blistering heat and dry conditions of the past few weeks compromised some of the more delicate blooms but green-fingered entrants still managed to triumph. Visitor numbers were good despite a clash with the England v Sweden World Cup quarter final and during the prize presentation, by Bournemouth’s mayor and mayoress, Derek and Dorothy Borthwick, everyone was kept informed about the score!
There were well over 200 entries in the show, held at St Francis of Assisi church hall in Charminster Road, including a wide variety of summer flowers, soft fruits, vegetables and salads. There were also flower arrangements, pot plants, handicrafts and children’s categories with animals made of vegetables and painted eggs.
Show manager David Bassil said: “Though roses and sweet peas had been badly effected by the exceptional hot, dry weather, herbaceous perennials were good and potatoes were of high quality, responding well to the cool start to the growing year.
Judge Derek Luther explained: “The quality of the flowers has been compromised by the long spell of very hot, dry weather, but considering everything, the veg is good, particularly Peter Whiting’s top quality celery”.
Peter Whiting, whose collection of six vegetable kinds won ‘Best In Show’, explained: “It’s been a challenging growing year with wet, cold and low light levels at the beginning of the year followed by such a hot, dry and bright spell. The poor old plants don’t understand. It was 44.4 degrees in my poly-tunnel today – quite extraordinary”.